There’s having money, and then there’s having “fuck you” money. Anyone who’s even remotely aware of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa need not ask what kind of capital he’s running around with. On previous occasions, the online retail mogul and prominent art collector’s antics have ranged from literally giving away over $13 million on Twitter, casually snagging a Jean-Michel Basquiat for $50 million, to buying out an entire SpaceX voyage for him and his homies. How has this cashed-up man of the world chosen to spend his fortune this week? On a Rolls-Royce Phantom designed by fashion house Hermes, of course.
Relative to just about every other headline involving Maezawa, granted, this is pretty tame by comparison. In the context of us everyday folk, however, the completely bespoke haute-couture motor – dubbed the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Phantom Oribe – is truly a sight to behold. Based on the Phantom VIII, the interior and exterior have reportedly been handcrafted using “materials, techniques, and intelligence from both brands’ ateliers.”
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Phantom Oribe takes direct inspiration from Maezawa’s other great love in his life – his recently commissioned private jet – as well as his extensive world-class private collection of ancient Japanese ceramics, leading to the creation of a singular two-tone MZ Oribe Green and Cream colour scheme. This one-of-one option is also available for the aforementioned private jet should he ever take Rolls-Royce up on the offer.
Extending the exterior two-tone aesthetic, the interior is rich with Hermes Enea Green leather and Seashell White accents on the key touch points. Everywhere else, you’ll find perforated open-pore Royal Walnut (centre + rear consoles, doors, etc.), that unmistakable Hermes Toile H canvas (armrests, consoles, headliner, etc.), and lambs wool floor mats.
To top it all off, Hermes has even commissioned artwork from celebrated talent Pierre Péron – who designed some of the house’s most iconic scares – just to cover the Rolls-Royce Phantom veneer. Encased behind a layer of glass, the work is inspired by the famed Hermes horse motif. Essentially, it serves as a mobile “gallery” for the connoisseur who values art.
“This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO.
“It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life.”
Eat ya heart out, Justin Bieber.
Check out the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Phantom Oribe designed in collaboration with Hermes below.